Lewis Black on Religion, Politics, and Mormons

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Lewis Black is a cranky guy from Montgomery County, Maryland. I think I appreciate his style so much because I am a somewhat cranky guy...also from Montgomery County, Maryland.Here is Black from 2008:Amen! To the last part. And the testicles part.I got a kick out of Black's description of Mormons as "whacky" with a "moral center." Some are more whacky and some have a more solid moral center than other. But "whacky" with a "moral center" sounds like a good way to describe Mormons … [Read more...]

“Clothe Yourself in Righteousness”…but Maybe Not Clothes.

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Over the last week, I have been enjoying the Quaker-inspired songs of Jon Watts. He is a mixture of rap and folk. In many ways, it is more sermon than anything else.This one is title "Clothe Yourself in Righteousness." … [Read more...]

Not Selma, But Significant: Brief Reflections on Saturday and Ordain Women

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Pretty much any movement can learn a lot from the Civil Rights movement.This past weekend, a group of women associated with Ordain Women lined up peacefully and asked to be admitted to the all-male Priesthood Session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.As the Church had previously announced, the women were denied admittance to the meeting.A friend involved with the effort on Saturday referred to the event as her Selma. Selma, Alabama is the … [Read more...]

Sunday Afternoon Session Open Thread: Sister Frances Monson Memorial Edition. #ldsconf #twitterstake

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This morning, President Thomas S. Monson spoke about his wife Sister Frances Monson. She passed away shortly after the last General Conference. I want to dedicate this thread to her and Pres. Monson.Please join us in the comments! All are welcome.I would invite you to register with Disqus. Otherwise, it will have to approve each individual comment…and that can be tedious for everyone.Elder Quentin L. Cook:Spiritual Bondage and subjectionIdeological or political beliefs i … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Session Open Thread: NFL Edition! #ldsconf #twitterstake

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I really enjoyed yesterday's sessions.Please join me in the comments! All are welcome.I would invite you to register with Disqus. Otherwise, it will have to approve each individual comment…and that can be tedious for everyone.Again, I am being joined by my former student Blake. Blake is a Yankees fan, recent law grad, from Idaho, and currently a Gospel Doctrine teacher. I very much enjoyed chatting with him yesterday.President Eyring:There is but one plan of happiness. That p … [Read more...]

Live-Blogging General Conference at Approaching Justice #ldsconf #twitterstake

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Live from...living rooms and family rooms all over the world, we will have an open-thread here at Approaching Justice for each of the five sessions of this General Conference.We have changed the comment format at Patheos since I did this last General Conference. I would invite you to register with Disqus. Otherwise, it will have to approve each individual comment...and that can be tedious for everyone.The Disqus format places the most recent comment at the top of the page. I hope this … [Read more...]

Ordain Women is Succeeding

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No, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not even close to ordaining women to the priesthood.However, Ordain Women has succeeded in putting the issue of female ordination at the center of public dialogue. In this sense, the Church publicly rejecting Ordain Women's request for tickets to attend tomorrow night's Priesthood session of General Conference was far more valuable to the cause than anything that will actually happen in Salt Lake City this upcoming weekend.Heck, … [Read more...]


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